An Indian Civilizational Perspective

Indian Americans trump all other ethnic groups in US when it comes to Family Values and Ties

36 yr old Rajiv Shah who serves as the Under Secretary for Research, Education and Economics (REE) and Chief Scientist at the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Obama’s Administration.

Indian Americans have a rather strong family orientation.  From strong family ties to education to marriage, the Indians score the highest percentages in all the right measures nation-wide in US, as per Pew Research.

While Republicans cry hoarse about “Family Values” and how it is based on a certain religious orientation, the fact remains that in all the main family related KPIs, the American public scores substantially lower percentages compared to the Indian Americans.

Indian Americans seem to also be trumping the other Asian ethnicities by wide margins.  This is probably contributing to more prominence and better participation as well as higher achievements of the second generation of Indians who came in the late last century (end of 1990s).  Given below are some of the most interesting survey results.

 

Pew Research Center survey says that Asian Americans (67%), All US (50%), while 78% of Indians think that being a good parent is one of the most important things in their lives.

Successful marriage is a high priority for 64% of Indians compared to 54% Asian Americans and 34% of all US population.

Only 51% of the Americans in general are married, while 59% of the Asian Americans are. 64% of the Indians are married on the other hand.

Only 8% of the Indian-Americans think that the family ties are stronger in US, while 69% think they are better in India.

As for whom they marry – 12% of Indians marry non-Asians, 2% marry other Asians, and 86% marry within their ethnic group.

Children living with two married parents is also the highest amongst Indians. 92% in Indians, 83% in Chinese, Asians (overall) 80%, General American population is 63%.

Those with close family still living in India are 69%, which is the highest amongst all the ethnic groups.

Although 42% of Indians believe that moral values are about the same in both India and the US, 57% think that the conditions for raising kids are better in US as opposed to India.

68% of the Indians think that the parents should influence children’s career choices, second only to Koreans (75%).

83% of the Indians (highest in all the ethnic groups) acknowledge that immigrants strengthen America.

 

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